The Kent State Golden Flashes won the 2017 Mid-American Conference Men’s Basketball Tournament March 11 at Quicken Loans Arena before 10,376 fans. By defeating the Akron Zips 70-65, they earned an automatic bid to the Big Dance—their first return trip to the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament since 2008. Pictured: MAC Commissioner Steinbrecher presents Coach Senderoff with the trophy. See Kent State Athletics’ launch of a new “Gameday Experience.”
Nationally Significant Site
Students gather at the site where one of four students was killed on May 4, 1970, during a student protest of the Vietnam War. On January 11, 2017, then U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell announced the designation of the May 4, 1970, Kent State Shootings Site as a National Historic Landmark. (See President Warren’s column for more about this recognition.)
“There’s an old African proverb that says, ‘From afar, I thought he was a monster. When he got closer, I thought he was an animal. When he got even closer, I realized he was a human being. But when we were face to face, I realized he was my brother.’ Distance demonizes. But when you’re face to face, it’s hard to hate up close.”
—David Anderson, DPhil, founder and president of the BridgeLeader Network, keynote speaker at Kent State’s 15th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration, January 26, 2017
Kent State University was recognized for several achievements recently, including:
- Tier One Executive MBA Program Global Ranking by CEO Magazine
- #1 of 50 Best College Dining Experiences by College Rank
- #3 of the Top 50 Fashion Design and Fashion Merchandising Schools and Colleges in the U.S.–2016 by Fashion-Schools.org
- #7 of 10 Best “Hidden Gem” Music Schools by Music School Central
- #19 of the Top 20 Graduate Programs in Library and Information Studies by U.S. News & World Report 2018 Best Graduate Schools
- #20 of 245 Top Online Graduate Education Schools Nationwide by SR Education Group
From research to real world: Kent State experts noted in the media
Check It Twice
“As a general rule, blood pressure fluctuates throughout the day—it hits its lowest point around bedtime and its highest when you wake in the morning, says J. David Glass, PhD, a circadian biologist at Kent State University. If you’re keeping your eye on your blood pressure to help your doctor decide whether you need medication, you could get an inaccurate picture by taking your reading just once a day. ‘If you’re measuring it yourself, it’s best to do it in the morning and evening,’ Glass says, ‘Be sure to do it at the same time each day—don’t bounce around.’ Taking the two readings could make a difference between your doctor prescribing blood pressure drugs and advising you to stick with diet and exercise, he says.”
Pick Up the Pace
“Researchers at Kent State University say cell phones might actually be bad for your health. It’s not the cell phone itself, but how and when it is used, say Jacob Barkley, PhD, and Andrew Lepp, PhD [who observed hundreds of students as they walked through a marked area]. ‛If they were using their phone to talk or text for the entire portion of the walkway . . . we saw about a 10, 12 percent reduction in walking speed,’ Barkley said. . . .‛If [walking] is your only form of exercise and you are using the phone while doing it, you are reducing its benefits,’ Lepp said.”
—“Kent State study finds cell phone’s effect on walking is bad for your health,” Fox 8 Cleveland, November 4, 2016
President Warren received the 2016 NASPA Region IV-East award in St. Louis, Missouri, for her outstanding performance as a university president in advancing the quality of student life.
“Hillary Clinton Case Study—Perspectives on Gender and Power,” taught by Suzanne Holt, PhD, professor, coordinator of Women's Studies
A Brand New Gameday
Kent State Athletics unveiled a new “Gameday Experience” as part of its rebranding launch.
Kent State men’s and women’s basketball teams both had stand-out seasons this year.